We love our roof top tent! Camping on your rooftop is like sleeping in a treehouse every night! The comfort, feeling of security and views from our James Baroud Explorer can’t be beaten with the ability to open the tent completely around the top. The tent opens in less than a minute and is ready to be occupied. It closes, and you are ready to move on in under 5 minutes.
The supplied self-adjusting ladder is a little on the narrow side but adequate once you are accustom to it. We replaced the original the 1 1/2-inch high-density foam mattress with a new 3-inch memory foam version definitely a significant upgrade that is not available from the manufacturer. The thicker mattress does limit what you can stow inside the tent, but the trade is well worth it.
Ventilation is a great asset in a rooftop tent, and the Explorer EVO has plenty of it. The fully openable top section of the tent allows just the right amount of adjustment in the right areas to create circulation in the tent while not having to sleep with a cold draft on your head. In the afternoon you can close one side to block the afternoon sun while opening the other for air flow and views for a comfortable nap. The solar powered fan provides just the right amount air movement in the tent and is quite enough to sleep with it running, and the battery will last all night. I will never sleep on the ground again unless we’re backpacking.
James Baroud’s description of the tent:
The James Baroud Explorer Evolution hard shell, roof top tent offers a new way to look at camping and 4WD adventure holidays. With larger internal space the Explorer Evolution provides sleeping space for two adults and a child. In the event of hot weather, the design of the Explorer Evolution allows for air to circulate freely through the tent through the screened windows and openings. A solar powered vent built into the upper hull creates extra ventilation. This unit even allows for the blades to be reversed turning it into an exhaust fan. Using this fan will help avoid condensation that may build up in the tent.
A clever alternative to bulky, traditional tents and a fantastic solution for 4WD touring, the James Baroud Explorer Evolution roof top tent is an exciting new way to get a comfortable and secure sleeping space and create new freedom in the way you travel. There is ample storage inside with two removable storage pockets and a ceiling storage net. The tent also comes with a removable and rechargeable LED light, Luggage rack integrated into the hull with loading blockers and 6 x anchor points.
All James Baroud roof top tents fit the roof bars of most vehicles and can be removed and stored when not needed and are covered by a 5-year guarantee on the fabric, hull, and mechanism.
- Width: 55″
- Length: 78″
- Height Closed: 13.20″
- Height Open: 40″
- Length: 89″
- Width: 64″
The Hard Shell
The hard shell is manufactured in fiberglass fortified polyester, and the bottom has provisions to hold the aluminum ladder.
Automatic Opening & Closing
We promise you that not only is there no other tent that opens as easily and as quickly on the market today – but closes as well. Opening the James Baroud Explorer Evolution is automatic and nearly effortless thanks to AL-KO struts that open the tent automatically in 5 seconds. All you have to do is release the catches!
Closing the tent is nearly as easy – just close the top half of the shell and by hand and the fabric sides are automatically drawn into the hull by the elasticized seam. Secure the latches and you’re done. All in all – it takes around 15 seconds to completely close and latch the top shell to the bottom and you’re ready to continue down the trail!
Durability & Weatherproof
No one wants to be caught in a storm while in a rooftop tent. Combine heavy rain with high winds – it makes even the toughest adventurers cringe. While we hope you never find yourself in the situation, you can sleep in confidence knowing that James Baroud Explorer Evolution tents are waterproof and tested up to 74 mph (120Km/hr).
The canvas is dark gray made of six (6) aluminized coats that reflect the sun’s ray. This is critical as in warmer climates a rooftop tent without the ability to reflect heat and air ventilation will turn into an oven. The canvas is also UV resistant, 100% waterproof but allows air to circulate to resist mildew – a common occurrence with other materials in wet climates. All seams are doubled for the utmost ruggedness and are 100% watertight.
The inside of the canvas includes two removable pockets and a storage net on the ceiling. Three zipped canvas doors with a double slider are fitted with insect screens to keep those pesky bugs out. A window with an insect screen is integrated into the back door with an eave to protect from rain.
The mattress is made from a high-density foam and comes with a heavy duty zipped cover.
The James Baroud Explorer Evolution tent comes with a 15 high intensity LED indoor light which doubles as a removable rechargeable flashlight. All wiring is supplied with the tent. The flashlight has an unbreakable polycarbonate lens and a battery charge indicator.
If you’ve owned a rooftop tent or known someone who has; you know how hot a rooftop tent can get. You also know how one that stays on the roof may develop a mildew smell. Standard with James Baroud tents, it comes with an automatic and silent MCV (motorized controlled ventilation) which is powered by a 24-hour life battery which can be recharged by an integrated solar panel kit. This MCV has the capacity of 11.6 M3/min (2905 UK gal/min) and prevent all condensation and remove stored heat to avoid moisture and mold.
A second propeller is supplied with reverse blades to act as a fan. The fans are easily exchanged from inside the tent.